Posts tagged: Retro
More Star Wars Propaganda for the fine folks at Topps.
The portrait in this piece was originally painted as
a sort of plea to George Lucas to get him a give the
go-ahead on a series of Joseph Campbell based
“Hero’s Journey” cards I wanted to paint. I wrote a note
telling him how important Star Wars was to me growing up,
and included the painting in the package. A couple of days
after I sent it to him, I got a phone call giving approval to proceed.
This image is a tribute to the 501st Legion, whose charitable work has made the world a better place.
If the stars (and asteroids) align, this piece will be available soon as a companion to the above image, which was released last summer.
This is the poster I designed for Edgar Wright, who’s programming a weeklong festival at the New Beverly Cinema in L.A.
I’d love to hear what you think…
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Star Wars Racing for Topps: The Kessel Run
George Lucas has always loved cars, and as a teen thought seriously about becoming a professional racecar driver. A serious auto accident derailed this aspiration, however, and Lucas ultimately decided to photograph cars instead of racing them. His interest in photography eventually led to an interest in filmmaking, but Lucas never lost his love for custom cars and racing. It’s easy to see that love in his work - It’s everywhere, from Bob Falfa’s ’55 Chevy in American Graffiti, to Han Solo’s ultimate hot rod, the Millennium Falcon, in Star Wars.
For Galaxy 6, Russell Walks explores the connection between Star Wars and racing with a series of brilliant paintings depicting the vehicles of Star Wars in the style of the vintage European racing posters that no doubt hung on Lucas’s wall when he was a teen.
First up: La Course De Kessel – The Kessel Run. A Correllian, a Wookie, and under 12 parsecs of pure hyperspace excitement .
Star Wars Racing for Topps: Tie Fighter
Russell Walks based his tie-fighter tribute on the gorgeous Monaco Grand Prix posters of the mid-fifties: Bright, bold colors and imagery with a simple message. For those of you who don’t speak French, the tagline on this piece praises the best pilots in the Empire as they seek and destroy rebels in the Hoth asteroid belt.
Walks says: “I imagine the tie-fighter pilots in The Empire Strikes Back as being almost Kamikaze-like in their devotion to the Emperor, and I can picture them in their locker-room singing, slapping each other on the back, and completely ignoring the odds of success as they suit up for their one-way trip into the asteroid field.
In my mind, there’s a poster similar to this one displayed on the locker-room’s viewscreen, and each of the pilots touches it for luck as he exits the hanger and heads toward his ship and a glorious destiny.”
Star Wars Racing for Topps: Landspeeder
Russell Walks says that this 60’s themed piece reminds him of the type of advertisement that might hang on the wall of Fixer’s garage in Anchorhead, pointing out that the two circles represent the twin suns of Tatooine, and that the 1:42.08 in the image’s lower right is a tip of the hat to one of George Lucas’s student films.
“1:42.08: A Man and His Car is about a guy trying to qualify his Lotus for a race. Although Lucas shot it for school, and although it has no dialog (just the sound of the car’s engine), it’s still fun to watch. I only recently discovered it, and I thought it might be cool to give it a nod in this piece, which I really tried to give a sort of mid-sixties, European vibe.”